Daily GK Update: 26th October 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : October 26th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. MCA appoints Sangeeta Verma as acting Chairperson of CCI

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  • The government of India has appointed CCI member, Sangeeta Verma as the acting chairperson of the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
  • Her appointment came into effect from 26th October 2022.
  • She will remain in office for three months or till appointment of regular Chairperson or till any further orders, whichever is the earliest.
  • She has replaced Ashok Kumar Gupta, who relinquished office after a four-year tenure.
  • CCI HQ: New Delhi; Formed: 14 October 2003
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 Agreement

2. Tata Steel's Dutch arm signs MOU to supply Ford with green steel

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  • Tata Steel's Dutch arm has signed an MoU with the Ford in Europe to supply "green" steel after 2030.
  • Tata has planned to produce green steel (steel made without using fossil fuels) in 2030 at its plant in Ijmuiden, Netherlands.
  • Ford has also signed supply MOUs with Tata, ThyssenKrupp (Germany) and Salzgitter (Germany) to supply "low carbon" steel for use in manufacturing the new electric crossover model.
  • It would help to meet a target of having zero emissions by 2035.
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 National Affairs

3. CCI imposes Rs 936 crore penalty on Google for abuse of dominance

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  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed another  penalty of Rs. 936.44 crore on Google.
  • Reason: Abusing its dominant position with respect to its Play Store policies.
  • Google dominance in the markets for licensable OS for smart mobile devices & market for app stores for Android smart mobile OS, in India.
  • Earlier, CCI had imposed a penalty of ₹1,337.76 crore on Google for abusing its dominant position in multiple markets in the Android Mobile ecosystem.
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 Obituaries

4. Bengali film director Pinaki Chaudhuri passes away

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  • Bengali films director, Pinaki Chaudhuri has been passed away at the age of 82 in Kolkata.
  • He was suffering from lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
  • He had been awarded the two national awards for Shanghaath (Conflict) in 1996 and for Ballygunge Court in 2007.
  • His other notable films: 'Kakababu Here Gelen?' (Kakababu defeated?), 'Ek Tukro Chand' (A slice of the moon) and 'Arohan' (Ascension).
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 State Affairs

5. Gujarati celebrates new year 'Bestu Varsh'

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  • Bestu Varas, Gujarati New Year has been celebrated a day after Diwali on the Pratipada Tithi in the month of Kartik.
  • The day is also called Varsha Pratipada or Padwa.
  • In 2022, Gujaratis were celebrated their New Year on October 25.
  • Significance: Gujarati businessmen and traders start new books of account and close the old ones.
  • These account books are called chopda or bahi-khata.
  • The Gujarati New Year coincides with Govardhan Puja.
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 State Affairs

6. Upper Bhadra scheme will be first national project of Karnataka

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  • Karnataka CM, Basavaraj Bommai has announced that the Union cabinet will soon approve the Upper Bhadra lift irrigation scheme.
  • It will be the first national project of Karnataka.
  • It will revive the drought-prone districts of Chitradurga, Chikkamagaluru, Davanagere and Tumakuru, as it is expected to irrigate about 2.3 lakh hectares by drawing water from the Tunga and Bhadra rivers.
  • He has also announced that the Tumakuru-Davanagere railway line has been reviewed.
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 Honours & Awards

7. RRR wins Best International Film award at 50th Saturn Awards

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  • RRR has won the Best International Film award at the 2022 Saturn Awards.
  • The movie has been directed by SS Rajamouli.
  • Prior to this, SS Rajamouli had received Saturn Awards for Baahubali: The Conclusion.
  • Saturn Awards:
    • It is awarded for Best in genre fiction film, television and home media releases
    • Country: United States
    • Presented by: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
    • The award was created in 1973.
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 Sports

8. Aman Sehrawat wins first ever gold for India in U23 World Championships

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  • Indian wrestler, Aman Sehrawat (16) has become the first Indian wrestler to win a gold medal at the U-23 World Wrestling Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.
  • He has defeated Ahmet Duman of Turkey by 12-4 in the finals.
  • India has finished with six medals - one gold, one silver, and four bronze at the U-23 World Wrestling Championships 2022.
  • Sajan Bhanwala became the first Greco-Roman wrestler from India to win a medal bronze at the U23 world wrestling championships.
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 International Affairs

9. Microsoft launches ARM-based computer for developers

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  • Microsoft has launched the Windows Dev Kit 2023, a new personal computer designed for developers using the ARM chip design.
  • It is available in eight countries; Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, U.K., and U.S.
  • It is a part of ‘Project Volterra’, that was started in May 2022.
  • With the help of this new device, developers can build, run, and test Windows apps for Arm on a single compact device.
  • It is powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC.
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 Books & Authors

10. Akshay Shah & Stephen Alter compiled and edited “The Corbett Papers” book

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  • A new book "The Corbett Papers" has been co-edited by educator Akshay Shah and writer Stephen Alter.
  • This book was published by Hachette India.
  • This book has brought together lesser known parts of Jim Corbett's life through unpublished letters, documents and a privately-published book.
  • Corbett was born in Nainital in 1875, was known for tracking and hunting down a number of man-eating tigers and leopards in different parts of North India.
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 Banking & Finance

11. IRDAI formed panel to develop insurance coverage for rural inhabitants

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  • IRDAI has set up a committee of 24-member to develop and suggest an affordable and comprehensive cover for the rural population.
  • Headed by: Thomas M Devasia, Member (non-life), IRDAI.
  • While the proposed cover will be a benefit based / parametric structure, called Bima Vistaar.
  • IRDAI has asked committee to develop and suggest constitution and operation of women centric distribution channel to focus on reaching rural areas and recommend regulatory framework.
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 Agreement

12. Jakson Green to invest ₹ 22,400 crore for green project in Rajasthan

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  • Jakson Group has signed a pact with the Rajasthan government to set up a green hydrogen and green ammonia project in the state at an investment of ₹ 22,400 crore.
  • Jakson Green will set up a 3,65,000 tons per annum green hydrogen and green ammonia plant along with an integrated hybrid renewable power complex in phases.
  • The project is expected to generate over 32,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities.
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 Arts & Culture

13. J&K LG, Manoj Sinha inaugurates cultural festival Jashn-e-Kashmir

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  • J&K, LG, Manoj Sinha has inaugurated a three-week-long cultural festival “Jashn-e-Kashmir”- New Kashmir at Srinagar
  • The Cultural Festival is being organized by All J&K Folk Artists Association, Shah Qalander Folk Theatre, in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages and Office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir
  • The govt has taken steps to reconnect youth to their roots and provide an environment to showcase goals and values.
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Daily GK Update: 26th October 2022

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